The Restore Cayucos Vet’s Hall Committee was formed in August 2021 and is made up of representatives from various organizations in Cayucos. The committee’s initial goal was to convince the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to fund the restoration. The Cayucos Vet’s Hall is, after all, the social, economic and historic heart of Cayucos. On November 16, the Board did vote to approve and SLO County now has the $5.4M necessary to rebuild the Hall, thanks in large part to our community-wide and coordinated efforts. We were an impassioned and articulate presence at the Board of Supervisors meeting and we demonstrated that Vet’s Hall lovers would do everything in their power to support County government in the restoration process.
The County has already spent nearly $600,000 and now will add the $3.5M bridge loan. In an effort to reduce the cost of the restoration the County has allocated no money for furnishings and amenities (aside from built-in kitchen equipment). Their assumption is that there are tables, chairs, kitchen equipment, etc. in storage and those can be used. Nor is there money to purchase a portable replacement stage and a decent sound system. This is not an unreasonable decision, given the high cost of the restoration. However, much of that equipment was badly in need of replacement or nonexistent when the Hall was closed. So, pulling it out of storage is not really desirable or practical. View the architectural drawings of the beautiful and dramatically improved Vet’s Hall here.
WHAT WE ARE DOING .
Our intent is to make good on our promise and see to it that when the Hall opens it will have everything it needs to be a quality facility that serves the needs of the community and generates the income needed to pay the loan and fund short- and long-term maintenance. As a beautiful and purposely designed beach-front venue it will certainly be popular. However, the Committee hopes to maximize its potential and to make sure that the Hall’s furnishings and amenities are as functional and appealing as the building itself. We also want to make sure that providing those necessities and amenities is done in such a way as to ensure the Hall is an affordable venue for local organizations. That’s why public donations are a necessity.
We are asking you to join your friends and neighbors to make a donation to the Vet’s Hall Restoration Fund. All funds will be placed in that designated account and will be used exclusively for the Hall. Please know that donations are tax deductible